Gunman who held woman hostage, demanded $50,000, is being hunted

March 14, 1997|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police are seeking the public's help in locating a man who held a pregnant woman hostage a week ago and demanded that her husband deliver $50,000 to a spot on the Baltimore Beltway near Providence Road.

The assailant is described as a man in his mid-30s, 6 feet tall, with an athletic build. He posed as a flower deliveryman about 9: 30 a.m. March 7 and knocked on the door of Scott and Sheila Ann Gomsak's home in the 500 block of Regester Ave.

Armed with a handgun, he forced his way into the house and ordered Sheila Ann Gomsak, 27, to call her husband at the Provident Bank branch in the 4100 block of E. Joppa Road in Perry Hall with the ransom demand and orders to call another man at a pay phone, which police later determined to be near Scott Gomsak's office.

Investigators said a man at the pay phone ordered Scott Gomsak, 27, to drop the money off at a spot on the Baltimore Beltway near Providence Road and then go to the Towson library and await instructions.

The plot fell apart when Scott Gomsak notified bank security officers and called police. Detectives in unmarked cars went to the bank and to the Gomsak home while Scott Gomsak followed the gunman's directions.

Meanwhile, the gunman slipped out of the house while Sheila Ann Gomsak, who is eight months pregnant, waited in a second-floor room. Investigators say no money was given to the men, and they do not know the identity or have a description of the man Scott Gomsak called at the pay phone.

At the time of the incident, the gunman was wearing glasses with a light-colored frame, a beige shirt, light-colored pants and black dress shoes.

Anyone with information should call police at 887-2198.

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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